Diehl named Mifflin County dairy princess

On Wednesday, May 29, the Mifflin County Dairy Promotion celebrated its new dairy princess and alternate dairy princess.

Naomi Diehl, 17, was crowned the 2019-20 Mifflin County dairy princess and Lauren Smoker, 17, is the Mifflin County alternate dairy princess. At the event, the girls had the opportunity to present their speeches and skits, which will later be perfected for the Pennsylvania State Pageant in September.

Diehl’s speech was based on the following prompt: “As a high school student with a passion for the dairy industry and an understanding of the nutrition and benefits of whole milk, you have asked your local school board to give you three to five minutes on the agenda to speak about being proactive and getting whole milk added to the menu in the school district.” One of Diehl’s main goals is to reform dairy products offered in school and bring back whole milk in our local school district. For her skit, Diehl completed a puzzle focused around the theme “drink milk” and listed the numerous benefits.

Diehl is the daughter of Joe and Kristin Diehl and participates in the family dairy, Musser Run Jerseys, in McVeytown. Her favorite dairy product is ice cream, specifically cookies and cream.

She is currently a junior at Mifflin County High School. At school, she is in the concert band and National Honor Society. In her free time, Diehl is active in Mifflin County Teen Council, where she serves as president, as well as the Mifflin County Beef, Market Lamb and Dairy clubs.

She also enjoys attending youth group and spending time with friends. Diehl said the reason she wanted to be dairy princess was because she is “very passionate about the dairy industry because I have experienced living and working on a dairy farm along with the opportunity to participate in many 4-H activities; from these experiences I would like the opportunity to represent the dairy industry in a reputable manner and would like to share these experiences with the public.”

Smoker is the daughter of Shawn and Danielle Smoker and comes from Hollo-Home Farm in Belleville. In school, Smoker is involved in Key Club and she plays tennis.

Outside of school, she is in the 4-H Dairy and Market Hog clubs. Her favorite dairy products are milk and ice cream.

At the local pageant, Smoker outlined lactose intolerance in her speech and spoke about related issues and what we as dairy farmers can do to help. Her skit was focused on animal welfare.

Smoker stated she would like to be involved in dairy promotion because she enjoys educating the public on something she strongly believes in.

Diehl and Smoker are excited to have a fun summer promoting dairy and interacting with consumers. They are joined by many members of the court, including Dairy Maids Sarah Diehl, Hannah King, Katie Stringer, Julia Smoker, Morgan Smoker and Natalie Yoder. Dairy Misses include Hannah Donahey, Brooke King, Montana McKee and Hailey Zook. Lil’ Dairy Misses are Harper Zook and Brook Yoder.

If you would like the dairy princess at an event to promote dairy, contact Diehl at ndiehl489@gmail.com or call/text (717) 437-5131.